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  • Parsley commented on the blog post Even More Military Equipment Being Sent To Local Police Forces

    2014-08-05 14:15:15View | Delete

    Thanks for the post–and the important reminder of our increasingly militarized police state or police states, cities, precincts.

    I agree with Hugh @6. And just to bring it home to another issue and part of the world you have been covering of late, DSWright, and as you probably know, the problem of militarized police force is not unrelated to the Israeli invasion of Gaza.

    Eran Efrati, former Israeli soldier who served in Hebron, makes the connection in a videotaped talk he gave in March. (link in next comment.) See especially @30min where he describes the profit of the Gaza invasions. And don’t miss his incredible story in Maryland when he realized the connection between Israel’s aggression in Gaza and the U.S. police forces turning against us @36min. He makes the claim that the weapons “tested” on Palestinians, make their way to the U.S. to be used on us.

    “All of us wanna be on the right place at the right time when history comes knocking on the door… You guys [Americans] are next in line [after the Palestinians].”

    Not to be missed.

  • Actually, in the Bible and the later Jewish rabbinic tradition, the genocide of the Amalekites was notoriously UNsuccessful. In the relatively late biblical book of Esther, for example, the heroes are Benjaminites (like Saul) and the villain is a descendant of the Amalekite king in the time of Saul. He and his children are killed, but not all Amalekites–there is not even an attempt to do so.

    Most of the peoples mentioned in the Bible are gone: Hittites, Amorites, Philistines, Perizites, Assyrians… not through genocide (as far as we know).

  • Yes, exactly.
    And yes, his explanation is entirely contrived. Shameful.

  • “The Times of Israel eventually took Gordon’s post down but later ran another post that echoed Gordon’s sentiments by Irwin Blank called “1 Samuel 15:18.””

    Weird: Blank’s apology (added at the end with an asterisk) echoes the apology Gordon wrote, especially the “discomfiture” line.

    Gordon’s apology read as someone who was doing what he was told and then got blamed for it (probably by those who encouraged him in the first place).

    Blank’s reads as utter baloney. The cited passage in Samuel (and other references to killing Amalek) is a very problematic one over which a certain amount of ink has been spilled. You either read the verses and know darn well what you are advocating for–or, or–well, I don’t know that there is any real alternative here. Times of I gets to have it both ways.

  • I don’t know. But they discontinued the blog, removed the post and wrote:
    “This blog post, which was described by our Ops & Blogs editor as both damnable and ignorant, blatantly breached The Times of Israel’s editorial guidelines.
    “We have discontinued the writer’s blog.
    “The Times of Israel maintains an open blog platform: Once we have accepted bloggers, we allow them to post their own items. This trust has rarely been abused. We are angry and appalled that it was in this case, and will take steps to prevent a recurrence.
    “We will not countenance blog posts that incite to violence or criminal acts.”

  • Parsley commented on the diary post 53 Palestinians, 0 Israelis Die in Air and Missile Strikes … by fairleft.

    2014-07-10 01:46:13View | Delete

    TCU, I think this is a mistaken analysis. The term racism is a meaningful one there, because of Arab minority, African Jews and other minorities in Israel. What I mean is, people there talk about racism, talk about the racism in Israel. As for anti-semitism, it would not be used for hatred, phobia, behavior targeting [...]

  • “Sunday, Pope Francis made an unscripted stop at a section of the apartheid wall in the Bethlehem shtetl, upon which a message to the pope had been spray-painted.”
    Did you mean the Bethlehem ghetto? At 25,000, I don’t think it qualifies as a shtetl.
    And the pope does speak Italian…

  • Thanks for the news. About the video: Is the Catholic News Service an independent media organization, or more like the pope’s camera?

  • Parsley commented on the diary post Please Help FDL Stay Online by Jane Hamsher.

    2014-05-27 11:16:59View | Delete

    Some more lurker lucre from me is on its way!

  • Parsley commented on the diary post Israel’s Prawer Plan: A New Trail of Tears by EdwardTeller.

    2013-12-04 06:15:23View | Delete

    Bearcountry@3: Actually, plenty of Zionists can and do see the lawless and immoral actions of the Israeli govt against Bedouins (and Israeli Arabs, and Palestinians…)

  • Parsley commented on the diary post Israel’s Prawer Plan: A New Trail of Tears by EdwardTeller.

    2013-12-04 06:13:59View | Delete

    Actually, plenty of Zionists can and do see the lawless and immoral actions of the Israeli govt against Bedouins (and Israeli Arabs, and Palestinians…)

  • “Spike Lee retweeted their address, but why they aren’t going after the original tweeter, @Maccapone, is sort of mystery–oh wait, he’s not as rich?”

    Or: tweeting 100 people is nowhere near as damaging as tweeting 240,000? (.04% as damaging probably)

  • Parsley commented on the diary post Analyzing NYC’s Mayoral Elections: Joseph Lhota (Part III of V) by BrandonJ.

    2013-11-03 18:55:06View | Delete

    Thanks for the post. It is interesting to hear that Lhota is talking to TP but then claiming he’s got nothing in common with it. Is something missing in this part of your post, BrandonJ? “While financial services produce vast wealth and tax revenues, they can also subject the city economy and government to painful contractions [...]

  • Great point.
    You might go a step further on the sabbath one, since Bible DOES say that your servants, not to mention the stranger who lives among you, shall not do any work on the Sabbath either.

  • Wikipedia says that narcissistic personality disorder affects 1% of the population.

    Ooooooh.

  • Parsley commented on the diary post Empty chairs and missing signs in Ohio by danps.

    2012-11-04 01:45:24View | Delete

    U.S. News on NBC covered the sub-phenomenon of “chair lynchings” a week or so after “national empty chair day.”

  • Parsley commented on the diary post The Occupy Sites The National Media Won’t Tell You About by Phoenix Woman.

    2011-11-18 02:03:49View | Delete

    Could it be that there is a connection between police aggression and high visibility? What I mean is that the media is not covering the small occupy sites very much b/c there is little violence and because they are small, while the large occupy sites are more threatening to the 1% because they are more [...]

  • Parsley commented on the diary post The Occupy Sites The National Media Won’t Tell You About by Phoenix Woman.

    2011-11-18 01:42:45View | Delete

    Great idea for a post, Ms. Woman. Thanks!

  • Parsley commented on the blog post So, the usual schtick

    2011-11-17 05:19:11View | Delete

    Israel has a separate police force (border police) that they use for various things, including often when there are protests (say by Israeli Jews) against the occupation, or against the taking of land from Arab residents or citizens of Israel. This force is commonly thought to be more temperamental, less educated and more violent than the regular police.

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